I consider myself something of an expert at Beat Saber! I say this as I have spent hours with both the Oculus Rift version and the PlayStation VR version of the game. So I was more than excited to see if being fully wireless with the Oculus Quest version of Beat Saber would make any difference.
Beat Saber is one of the biggest VR hits across all the platforms it has been released on. I am going to start this review by saying that I think this might actually be my favorite version of Beat Saber I have played out of the three that I have personally spent time with! The Oculus Quest is all about having a wireless VR experience and while I thought it would not make much difference to a game like Beat Saber, it actually does.
For those of you that do not know what Beat Saber is, let me tell you. This is a rhythm game where you have two laser swords (sabers) and you need to slash these boxes in time to the music. It sounds like such a simple premise, but I promise you this is one of the most addictive games you will ever play. You have a saber in each hand, one red and one blue. Boxes will come towards you and you have to slash at the right boxes with the right saber.
For example, you use the red saber to slash the red boxes. The twist is that certain boxes will have an arrow on them indicating what direction they need to be slashed! Also, there can be walls that come your way, forcing you to physically move so you do not hit them. I know full well how simple Beat Saber sounds, but this can be one very, very challenging game. Part of what makes it great is that when you fail, you want to have one more try to see if you can beat that song!
There is a great selection of songs to choose from in the standard version of the game and there are also song packs that you can buy. I have not purchased any additional content for the Oculus Question version of Beat Saber and I feel that there are more than enough songs here to justify the asking price. I have also read that they plan to take advantage of the wireless nature of the Oculus Quest by introducing levels that require you to fully turn around! This sounds awesome and certainly something I will be taking part in.
The presentation of Beat Saber is fantastic. Of course, the music is great, but the visuals are also a real treat. They have a kind of Tron vibe to them and I think it is really cool how there are all these different laser-like effects in the background as you play. These not only look cool; they are there to try and sneakily distract you from paying attention to the oncoming boxes. Beat Saber does have different difficulties and trying to get the best score possible on each song on each of its difficulties is going to keep you very busy.
Beat Saber on the Oculus Quest plays like a charm. The tracking is great (actually better than it is on the PSVR that is for sure) and I never once missed a beat due to a “technical” issue. Not having wires coming from the headset actually makes a huge difference and to me, it makes playing the game a much more fun and immersive experience.
I really cannot praise Beat Saber highly enough. Even if you have played this on another device, I would still recommend getting it for the Oculus Quest. Heck, I have three versions of this game and I do not regret it one bit! It is a game that is very easy to enjoy, but it is very hard to master.
A tremendous soundtrack
Lots of fun to play
The Quest being wireless makes a huge difference
Plenty of songs to choose from
Some great content is inline for the coming year!
It is very addictive
It would have been cool had the new content been ready for launch